Saturday, January 17, 2009

Individualism goes again

The parallel between today's electronic hype and the Italian futuristic movement from about 100 years ago is too obvious to miss. They're both built around the love for the machine, symbols of contemporary urban life, individualistic to the core, denounces all previous culture, pushing for abstraction, driven by a vision of progress and both very middle class inventions. So when a singer perform a hundred year old piece "The Storm", made up by vocal puffs, whalings accompanied with chrashes and clonks my memory bank really get a filing problem of type "Where and when is what".

When I was born there was baby computers in the room, we have since grown up together. It's only a sympathetic gesture to embrace them but I was asked to do so. The society needed us to pick up those keyboards and there were people working on making sure we were first to do so. IMF have for decades made coffee makers and soy growers of the rest of the world while we were to take care of the (more profitable) service industry. Fraudulent loans, economical take over, lower education funding there, increase it here and declare free trade everywhere. Set the initial state and then release the dynamics. The discoveries of computers sipped out to private market, the exponential growth started to take effect and during the nighties came the last Kondratieff wave which I now surf on. I simply answered the call of my generation.

Such was also the history of other technologies, it's industrial wave was introduced as a cultural. Before the T-Ford was in everyone's home there was roads. Industry coupled with government created not just the need for Sunday picnic travel but made it the "American way". Through the futurists movement technology was a choice and not a need. It was genuine too. No one can deny the mans feelings when, over rusty black-and-white video, he screams poetry about the "speed of the machine" , culminating in a chrash in "FIFTY MILES PER HOUR!!". The cultural revolution was genuine, whether FIAT would have bought the posters from them or not.

Meanwhile socialism was fought back, peasantry was slaughtered, fascism rose and finally when Mussolini joined Germany the time for the futuristic free artistry was out. And I ask myself, how the hell did they manage to keep this "movement" going all that time. Oh yeah, they were middle class.

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